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Easingwold volunteers raise £1,500 for world-leading cancer research with brass band concert

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Emma Jacob


A group of volunteers in Easingwold have raised more than £1,500 to help fund world-leading cancer research by organising a ‘Beat the January Blues’ evening.

Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band playing a concert

The charity funds vital cancer research and pioneers innovative new services to help more people in Yorkshire live longer healthier lives, free of cancer.

Wendy Stirke, Chair of the volunteer group, said: “Not only did the event raise a great amount of money for Yorkshire Cancer Research, but I felt we all came away thoroughly entertained and completely uplifted. The volunteer group is extremely grateful to the very talented Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band.”

The group welcomed 150 guests to the event, which included a raffle and a talk about the history of Yorkshire Cancer Research’s impact in the region given by charity representative Andy Wilson.

This was a fantastic night. The Shepherd Group band were a real joy, playing songs we all knew and getting everyone singing and swaying along.

“I would like to thank the band for a superb performance, everyone who came along on the night to support the event, and the wonderful members of the Galtres volunteer group for putting on another fabulous event to support pioneering research for people with cancer in Yorkshire.”

The volunteer group was first formed in 1970. In the half a century since, the group has raised almost £420,000 to help fund cancer research in the region.

The group host fundraising events throughout the year, including an annual wreath making workshop, which involves a tutorial from florist and member of the volunteer group, Vixy Frazer.

The event was the first in a busy year of fundraising for the group, and the volunteers are now planning a cake and produce stall at Easingwold Market Place on 30th March.